What a weekend. To the Richmond beer community: we can't thank you enough. Our opening days were a long time coming and you made them unforgettable. After two days of dry runs with family and friends, last Friday, we opened our doors and welcomed so many supportive locals who had been following us for years or just dropping by to check Ardent out for the first time. It was a celebratory night, right down to the cheers when we flipped the switch on our canopy of patio lights.

We appreciate your patience as we worked through crowds and beer tickets over the weekend. Thanks to you, we have our feet under us and look forward to welcoming many again in the coming weeks. Ahead are new beer releases, events, growler fills, tasting flights and the introduction of a small menu of bar snacks. Stay tuned. Sign up up for our mailing list to keep up with it all. But more importantly, know that we are grateful for a great opening weekend and the support you've shown us... and so many brewers in Richmond.

We thank friend and talented photographer Michael Lee for the shots from Friday.

All photos courtesy Michael Lee